Frugal Foodie Mama: Chipotle Bourbon Ale Burgers {Spiked!}

Monday, July 15, 2013

Chipotle Bourbon Ale Burgers {Spiked!}

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For this month's Spiked! American Craft Beer Recipe Challenge, I decided to combine one of my husband's favorite American craft beers with one of our favorite foods to eat while drinking said beer- Burgers! 
My husband is a HUGE fan of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.  The only problem with that?  
They do not sell it here in West Virginia.  When we visit my old stomping grounds in Columbus about once a year, we make a stop to The Andersons just to pick up a couple of 4-packs of this coveted beer.  
Yes, I said 4-packs.  This gem of a beer is above being seen in a 6-pack.  ;)

If you are also among those of us who do not have access to Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale in your home state, you could use another full bodied, deep caramel ale as a substitute.  I would not recommend using lighter bodied/colored ales in this recipe.  They will fail to give these burgers the depth of flavor that they deserve. 

Chipotle Bourbon Ale Burgers

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients (4 burgers)
  • 1 lb of ground beef (I used 80% lean)
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp chipotle pepper in sauce (be sure to finely chop the pepper & remove any seeds to reduce the heat level if you wish)
  • 1/4 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2-3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Simply mix all the ingredients together until well combined. I suggest using your hands for this- it will make for quicker work and it will ensure that all the ingredients get well incorporated into the ground beef.

Form into 4 equal patties and grill until your desired temperature is reached.

Serve on your favorite buns with the cheese, toppings, & condiments of your choice.... Oh, and with a nice cold one on the side. ;)
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Make sure you click on over to the Spiked! American Craft Beer Recipe Challenge Submissions post and check out all of the other tasty recipes linked up in the challenge! :)

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